Posted on February 25th, 2021
Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?
It is not always completely obvious when you need to replace your furnace. The signs may be subtle and easy to ignore. This is a question that our technicians at Western Heating and Air Conditioning get all the time, particularly when it gets so cold at night. There are a few key factors that play into replacing a furnace. If your system meets any of the characteristics below, it may be time to replace it.
Your Furnace Is Old
If your furnace is older than 15-20 years old, it likely needs to be replaced. If you have not maintained it properly, then its lifespan may be a bit shorter. Newer models of furnaces are much more energy-efficient. Choosing a newer model will save you monthly on utility bills.
If you find that your furnace needs frequent repairs just to have it work properly, it may be time to call it quits. If your repairs are getting expensive, it may be worth it to just put that money towards a new unit. A general rule of thumb is, if the cost of repair is 50% of the cost of a new furnace, you should just replace it instead of repair it.
Increased Energy Bills
If you have noticed that each year your heating bills have gone up without more usage (taking into account your rate) then you may need to replace your unit. As stated above, a newer unit will be much more energy-efficient and will help you save on a monthly basis.
Replacing your heating equipment is an important decision and an investment that can save you money in the long run. As a company you can trust, Western Heating & Air Conditioning has many cost-effective options that will align with your family’s budget and needs.
If you need replacement, you can always count on Western Heating and Air Conditioning for installation and maintenance. Call us at (385) 273-3200 or visit westernheatingair.com for more info!
Posted on February 18th, 2021
Is something wrong with my air ducts?
Air ducts are an essential part of your HVAC system. Without them, air couldn’t go from the HVAC unit to the rest of the house! These ducts are vital to the functionality of your system, so when something’s wrong you don’t want to let it go on.
Western has your back! If you’re wondering about your ducts here are 6 warning signs that something might be wrong:
Your system should operate without too much noise. Noise coming from your vents may be an indicator of too much debris in the ducts or another, larger problem.
Funny smells coming from your vents
Let’s face it. You should NOT have funny smells coming from your ducts. When that furnace kicks on and a mildew smell floats up from your vents you know it’s time to get your ducts looked at.
Your home is extra dusty
Your home is always going to have at least a little dust, both inside and outside, but it shouldn’t be excessive. If you’re finding debris around your vents or you have to constantly wipe dust off your surfaces, you know something isn’t working quite right.
Your energy bills are growing
When too much air escapes from your ducts it causes your system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. You’ll soon start to see this reflected on your energy bills. If you’ve seen a sudden increase in your utility usage that might indicate that your ducts need some work.
Are some of your rooms more comfortable than others? It could be a sign that your ducts are damaged or blocked, causing improper airflow. Proper airflow through your ducts is a vital part of a quality system.
They’re getting old
How long has it been since your ducts were installed? It’s common for any part of your system to become less efficient over time, so if it’s been a while you might need to get them inspected for wear and tear.
Let us help!
Here at Western Heating and Air we prioritize your comfort! If you feel like your ducts might need some work call one of our friendly technicians.
Call us at (385) 273-3200 or visit westernheatingair.com to schedule your visit today!
Posted on February 10th, 2021
We all know February is LOVE month, but I bet you didn’t know that could involve your heating system too. It’s true! Your furnace needs just as much care and special treatment as your significant other. (Ok maybe not quite as much!) If you want your “relationship” with your furnace to last, you have to treat it extra special once in a while. So, does your furnace need more love?
Here are five signs your furnace needs more love:
You’re seeing higher gas bills despite normal usage patterns
A furnace that hasn’t been properly maintained may use more resources to do the same heating it’s always done. If you are keeping your home at the same temperature but your gas bill is going up, your furnace may be telling you it needs more love!
You hear a vibration or rattling from the furnace
You know what they say, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. A noisy furnace is telling you it needs some work.
You need to set the thermostat higher in order to keep rooms comfortable
Are you finding that some rooms are feeling colder than normal, despite the thermostat staying the same? If turning the thermostat up is all you can do to stay comfortable then your furnace might need some help.
There is rust around the furnace or feeder pipes
Everyone knows rust on metal isn’t a good thing, especially on mechanical equipment! If you find rust on or around your furnace it may be a symptom of a greater problem. It’s just one more sign your furnace needs a little TLC.
You can’t remember when it last had a full tune-up
This one should be self-explanatory! If you can’t remember the last time your furnace was tuned-up then it’s been too long. We recommend a tune-up prior to each cold season, so it’s time to get that maintenance scheduled!
If your heating system is showing any of these signs of distress, don’t wait any longer! Apologize fast and shower your furnace with some tune-up love. A special tune-up will have your furnace feeling factory fresh in no time! Schedule yours today and we will send one of our expert technicians right to your door. Just give us a call at 385-273-3200 or visit westernheatingair.com today to find out more.
Posted on February 3rd, 2021
The best room temperature for sleep
We spend nearly a third of our life sleeping, so it’s important to take sleep seriously! There’s a lot that goes into a quality sleep, from your mattress to your sheets, and your pajamas to your room temperature, it takes a lot of work to get the right conditions. Now we aren’t mattress or pajama experts, but we know comfort! So what is the best room temperature for sleep?
How does room temperature influence sleep?
Your body temperature fluctuates throughout the day. It begins the day low and ends the day high. The average body temperature is roughly 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, and during the night it can lower by as much as 2 degrees Fahrenheit. This is part of what is called your circadian rhythm, the natural processes of your body throughout each day. When your sleep environment is too warm it disrupts the natural cooling of your body.
REM sleep, the most important part of the sleep cycle for feeling rested, can be particularly influenced by a warm room. During REM sleep your body ceases natural functions like temperature regulation through sweating or shivering, leaving you more sensitive to the ambient room temperature. Sleeping in a warm environment will cause you to get less REM sleep, which can make you feel fatigued even after a long night of sleep.
What should your temperature be?
There is a lot of information out there regarding what your thermostat should be set at. However, there does seem to be a general consensus that when sleeping your room should be roughly 65 degrees. If that feels a little off to you, stay within a range of 61-66 degrees instead. Anything outside of this range could lead to disrupted sleep patterns.
Exceptions can always be made to this rule, of course. Infants and the elderly likely need a room to hover around 67 degrees to be comfortable and healthy. Children, teens, and most adults will benefit from staying close to 65 degrees instead.
If your room temperature won’t stay within your acceptable range, it could be a problem with your system or thermostat. In this case, a tune-up or repair might help! The expert technicians at Western Heating and Air are always ready to assist.
Give us a call at (385) 273-3200 or visit us at westernheatingair.com for ways that we can give you the comfort you need to sleep soundly tonight!
Posted on January 27th, 2021
Looking for a check list that you can use year-round to make sure your heating & cooling system is ready for the changing seasons? We got you covered with this HVAC Seasonal Check List.